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ROCKVILLE – A Maryland grand jury for Montgomery County indicted two suspects charged with two counts each of first-degree murder in court March 28.
The grand jury indicted 18-year-old Dontaye Jamahl Hunt and 20-year-old Andy K. Panton on matching lists of charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, according to the indictments. Both suspects are being held without bond.
Hunt’s and Panton’s cases are tied to the deaths of two graduated Paint Branch High School basketball players, on Jan 28. Both victims, Christian Deon Roberts, 24, and Jordan Alexander Radway, 23, were also college graduates.
The grand jurors presented that Hunt on or about Jan. 28, 2019, “did feloniously, willfully and with deliberately premeditated malice kill and murder Jordan Alexander Radway, against the peace, government, and dignity of the state,” according to the indictment.
The second count was for the murder of Roberts, which also reportedly occurred Jan. 28.
A grand jury indicted Panton on the charges of murder of Radway and Roberts, also on March 28.
If convicted of the murder charges, Panton and Hunt would face sentences of life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.
Hunt and Panton’s indictments also included two counts of committing a crime with a firearm and one count each for armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery against Radway of his marijuana.
On Jan. 28, MCP had received a call with a report of a car crash on the 11600 block of Stewart Lane, but when officers arrived at the scene of the accident, they found two men, Radway and Roberts, in a car dead with apparent gunshot wounds.
The deaths followed a drug deal gone wrong, according to police documents.
Another suspect, 18-year-old Noah Foster Barnett of Silver Spring had contacted Radway earlier on the day of the crimes to arrange a marijuana deal between Radway and Hunt. The transaction was set to take place in the 11500 Block of Stewart Lane in White Oak.
MCP said Hunt met with Radway and Roberts at 8:27 p.m. Witnesses said they heard gunshots minutes later and saw a vehicle quickly driving away. The “911” call was made shortly after.
The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled both men’s deaths resulted from multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was a homicide.
MCP identified Panton with the help of a tip from a confidential source, posts on social media on an account believed to be connected to Panton and video surveillance footage of Panton and Hunt from a Metrobus taken Jan. 28.
Police arrested 20-year-old Panton on the strength of an arrest warrant on Feb. 11 and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Roberts of Silver Spring and Radway of Laurel, according to charging documents.
MCP charged Hunt of Silver Spring with first-degree murder in the case 12 days earlier on Jan. 30 after arresting him on the strength of an arrest warrant.
Police arrested Barnett on the strength of an arrest warrant on Jan. 31 and charged him with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Most recently, Panton and Hunt’s cases were administratively joined March 28.
They are scheduled for scheduling hearings April 5 at 8:30 a.m. at Montgomery County Circuit Court, according to court documents.
Ramon Korionoff, spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office when asked for a comment on the cases, said April 2, “We don’t typically talk about indictments.”
In the Paint Branch High School community including alumni, the deaths upset many who had known Radway and Roberts as high school students. The Panthers’ athletic department wrote a message of support in a tweet Jan. 29.
“Paint Branch sends our thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and PB classmates of Christian Roberts ’12 and Jordan Radway ’13 who both passed away last night,” according to the Jan. 29 tweet. “Stellar student-athletes and amazing men that were wonderful role models!”
Panthers’ head football coach Michael Nesmith said he knew both victims well. He had coached Roberts in junior varsity football before Roberts started focusing on basketball. Radway took Nesmith’s daughter to homecoming her sophomore year. Both spent time with his daughter’s other friends at Nesmith’s home.
“I want to emphasize that these were two great human beings who were lost, regardless of circumstances… That they were college grads and good people,” Nesmith said of Radway and Roberts.
Nesmith described the two deaths as “sad” and “shocking for everyone.”
Dozens of former classmates and friends posted on social media around Jan. 29 that they were sad about their deaths.